Ughelli gas-fired thermal plant in Delta State, Nigeria

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Ughelli Power Plant is a gas-fired thermal facility owned by Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp)’s power subsidiary, Transcorp Ughelli Power Limited (Transcorp Power), and located in Ughelli, Delta State in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

It is the largest fossil-fuel-based power-generating station in the country and it meets current world specifications for plants of its type. Moreover, it includes an updated control room, a switchgear room, a staff training school, and recreational facilities.

Most of the electricity produced by Ughelli Power Plant is transported through a network of conductors, to the country’s national grid. Ughelli gas-fired thermal plant was built in 1964.

Reported on 24 July 2014

Transcorp to Ughelli gas-fired thermal plant capacity

Nigeria’s Transnational Corporation (Transcorp) has partnered with General Electric (GE) to expand the capacity of Transcorp Ughelli Power’s 360 MW power plant by 1 000 MW over the next three to five years.

The deal, the result of a cooperation agreement signed between the parties last year, would see the output of Nigeria’s largest gas-fired electricity generation asset rise to 700 MW by December 2014.

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The parties also planned to add another 115 MW to the plant’s output through the rehabilitation of the damaged GT 15 turbine. Major Transcorp shareholder, Heirs Holdings chairperson Tony Elumelu, said with this, they have taken a bold step in fulfilling their promise to Transcorp’s stakeholders and the people of Nigeria.

He added that in a very short period of time, they have achieved a significant impact with power production more than doubled, and with this agreement; they will see increased output before the end of this year.

The US$ 300 million plant which was unbundled during the privatization of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria last year was fully financed by pan-African proprietary investment company Heirs Holdings as part of its commitment to the US-backed Power Africa initiative.

Last year, President Barack Obama initiated a US$7 billion multi-stakeholder partnership between the US government and seven sub-Saharan African countries, to which Heirs Holdings committed US$2.5 billion. The initiative aimed to accelerate investment in Africa’s power sector over the next five years.